Newsletter – 1st March 2019

Comic Relief

Please remember Red Noses are on sale from school from Charity Voice children at breaktimes. They cost £1.25 each and will be on sale from today until Wednesday 13th March. As you’ll remember from the last Newsletter, we’ll be holding our Red Nose Day a day early this year as Ashmansworthy Class will be out of school on Friday 15th.

Pancake Sale

Stroxworthy Class will be selling pancakes with a range of fillings for 50p each on Shrove Tuesday next week at morning breaktime. Please send 50p in with your child if you’d like them to buy one. Thanks.

World Book Day

Next Friday is World Book Day. Children are welcome to come into school dressed as their favourite Fairy Tale character and parents/grandparents are very welcome to come into class at the start of the day or from 2:50pm to share a book with your child or a group of children. There is no charge for dressing up on this day.

London Residential

Next week, Year 5 are off to London for a 3 day residential. Please remember that we need too be off promptly on Tuesday morning – ideally leaving Woolsery at 7:45am to give us plenty of time on the journey. All children need to come to school between 7:15 and 7:30am to be registered – any medication should be handed to Mrs Oyarzabal, please. Children should NOT be wearing school uniform, but something comfortable for the journey; we will change clothes once we get to the hotel. Please don’t forget your child will need a packed lunch in a throw-away container and can also take a snack for our quick toilet stop mid-morning at Taunton Deane services. If there are any problems over the weekend, please don’t hesitate to drop me a text message.

Football Helpers Needed

Woolsery Football Club are looking for adults to help out at their junior sessions on Saturday mornings between 9:30 and 11:30. No football experience (or skill!) is needed, this is a supervisory role, with the club’s Coach being responsible for the training side of things. That said, if you want it to be a coach in the future, this could be a great way of dipping your toe in! The Football Club will fund the cost of DBS checks. If you are interested, please message Mike Edwards on 07712711448.


Taster Sessions for Beavers and Cubs begin next week – please come along to these free sessions if your child is thinking of joining the Colony or Pack. Beavers are from 6pm until 6:45 and Cubs from 6:45 until 7:45. The organisers are aware that these timings are very late, but as the Scout Group isn’t yet official they need to have representatives from the District to run the evenings so we are in their hands over timings. When the Woolsery group officially forms, however, timings will be more reasonable.

Online Safety

We are very aware of some pretty nasty things going around on the Internet at the moment and in response, all classes are doing some additional online safety lessons in the next few days. If as a parent you are concerned about your child’s exposure to inappropriate content at home, you can do the following:

  • Block Youtube, at least for the time being, as this is where much of the problem seems to be
  • Do not allow your child to access the Internet in rooms away from other members of the family – know what your child is looking at online!
  • Check browsing history on your child’s device
  • Limit screen time
  • Ensure younger children are not sharing online time with older siblings, particularly those at secondary school
  • Talk to your child about what to do if they see something that makes them uncomfortable: For Key Stage 1 and below: switch off the screen and tell and adult, For Key Stage 2 and above: Save it, Block It, Report It.
  • Further parental guidance for Online Safety is available from or from the ThinkUKnow website: Our school Website also have the CEOP panic button on the front page for easy reporting of online abuse or other online concerns.

 Headteacher Awards

Our amazing learners this week, who have all received a Headteachers’ Award, are:

  • Cranford: Arthur – his amazing maths this week; Bea – amazing reading of long sentences
  • Burscott: Tegan – making good progress in her reading; Cobain – a great piece of story writing
  • Stroxworthy: Maisy – demonstrating good tennis skills; Finley – demonstrating good tennis skills
  • Alminstone: Ceb – an excellent story and exuding enthusiasm on our school trip; Jasmine – an outstanding story as well as showing lots of enthusiasm on our trip
  • AshmansworthyCharlie E – for writing some lovely diary entries based on WW2 using good emotive language; Mario – excellent behaviour during our trip to Tiverton Museum and asking sensible questions

The Week Ahead

  • Monday: Miss Butler out all day, Mrs D Cole supply. Mr Cole out (pm)
  • Tuesday: London Residential departs 7:45am (Mrs Ferris supply in Cranford Class each morning); Stroxworthy Class Pancake Sale (morning breaktime)
  • Wednesday: Beavers and Cubs taster meetings
  • Thursday: London Residential returns late evening (late registration on Friday)
  • Friday: World Book Day; No Choir after school

With best wishes,
Matt Cole
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